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    AJ Repro Action Jackson Assembly FAIL!



    LOL!!!!

    I am attempting to build a repro Action Jackson “Adventure Team”. This is a learning experience. The AJ heads from CTVT wont fit onto a CTVT body. They are designed to be used with the new Type S or some other body where the chest unscrews.

    So to ease my disappointment, I dug out my old Mego parts, found an original AJ Head I didn’t like, a defective CTVT body, and a type 0 chest and a cracked pelvis that I repaired with gorilla glue and created a Frankenstein Wards mailer AJ! I restrung it as a Type 0.


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    Time to buy some Type S bodies as I don't want to shave the neck plugs on these heads. I also don't want to split the bodies as needed to install resin heads on CTVT bodies....Stay tuned!
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    Are you saying that the CTVT heads are resin? Funny, CTVT is using them on CTVT bodies in the 66 Henchmen sets.
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    Or are you saying the neck holes are smaller than the plug on the new AJ heads?
    If so taking a dremel and a sanding barrel to the body and sanding the head hole wider to allow the head to fit would work....
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    Did you heat the heads first, or just try to push them in? I don't mess with a dremel anymore for neck holes, I use one of these:


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    The CTVT/FTC new AJ heads are not resin but the neck plug does not compress at all. The plastic or vinyl material at the base of the neck is solid. I don't think heating them would do much.

    The neck holes are way too small for the plug on the new AJ heads. Yes they'd have to be widened. Of course, a competent customizer could make it work by splitting the seams of the body, cutting, dremeling, etc.... Instead of doing that, I'm going to use the bodies for something else....maybe AJ "enemies".

    These heads are fairly well detailed and well painted so I don't have a problem putting them on an upgraded body.
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    Don't discount heating the neck plug, seems to me some of the DST Marvel sets had heads that were rather 'solid' but a couple minutes in near boiling water I was able to push them in, with a small blade screwdriver, with little effort.

    By 'near boiling water' what I mean is I warm up a coffee cup in the microwave til the water boils. then hold the head (neck first) into into the cup til the neck plug is pliable-depending on the material maybe 1-2 minutes.

    That said, I have no experience with these AJ heads so I could be way off base. Just trying to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riderfan View Post
    Don't discount heating the neck plug, seems to me some of the DST Marvel sets had heads that were rather 'solid' but a couple minutes in near boiling water I was able to push them in, with a small blade screwdriver, with little effort.

    By 'near boiling water' what I mean is I warm up a coffee cup in the microwave til the water boils. then hold the head (neck first) into into the cup til the neck plug is pliable-depending on the material maybe 1-2 minutes.

    That said, I have no experience with these AJ heads so I could be way off base. Just trying to help.

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    Hey, thanks Riderfan!

    You may be right. I just ordered some “Type S” bodies to use with the AJ heads. I may use your advice when I eventually install other heads onto these CTVT/FTC bodies.

    I am sure with a little effort I could get the heads installed onto the CTVT bodies but I am disappointed in their quality anyway and don’t think it’s worth the effort. Besides, I want to check out the Type S anyway and this is the perfect excuse!
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    try heating the neck plug in hot water for a minute or so . I have been using the CTVT
    bodies to make AJ'S with no problems and I'm going to making a few more soon.
    CTVT needs a better dark blue body suit .

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    Quote Originally Posted by wise guy View Post
    try heating the neck plug in hot water for a minute or so . I have been using the CTVT
    bodies to make AJ'S with no problems and I'm going to making a few more soon.
    CTVT needs a better dark blue body suit .
    Does that work with the new reproduction AJ heads? ...or are you using those bodies with original AJ heads?

    Yeah, about the body suit...the dark blue ones should be cotton. It looks like they got the light blue one right. The original light blue jumpsuit was always nylon.

    The problem with an AJ body that is not a type 0 or type 1, is that it makes him too big, IMHO. AJ is supposed to have that small chest with the little details. The type 2 and all the type 2 knockoff bodies have the chest obviously inspired by the Big Jim figures. That’s not AJ to me. Since any new repro AJ is going to be unavoidably buff, he would probably look coolest in Army BDUs....something I might try....
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    I've had CTVT heads react really well to hot water even though they feel hard as rocks when cold. Give it a try. At the worst you have to find something to do with a cup of warm water.
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